When you cruise, shore excursions can be a major part of your total cost of the cruise. However in some cases the shore excursions are included in the interline rate. In those cases, while the cruise price will be higher the actual end cost to you may be lower in the end with a cruise that includes the shore excursions in the price.
Regent Seven Seas includes unlimited shore excursions. SilverSea Cruises includes some shore excursions on some of their cruises such as Med in 2015. Most European river cruises include all shore excursions in their price.
If you are booking a cruise where shore excursions are not included then you will want to book them, most likely, in advance of your cruise. The most critical ones to book in advance are any shore excursions that have “limited availability”. Those are excursions where obviously everyone on the cruise is not going to be able to go on. Shore excursions such as golf, scuba diving, helicopter rides and other such excursions. Only so many people can play golf on a golf course at the time the ship is in port, only so many can go scuba diving, only so many will be able to ride on the helicopter during the time in port. So book those early if you want to do one of those excursions.
The other excursions you want to prebook would be any that you absolutely want to make sure and experience while in port.
Now when it comes to booking your shore excursion you have several options but for safety reasons you should only consider two. Don’t get on google and search for some tour guide to meet your ship. They may or may not show up, they may or may not have insurance if something were to happen and they may or may not make it back to the ship on time. [Content protected for Members of InterlineTravel.com only, Sign up and join today! No Charge!]